Mum caught drink driving after her children called 999 when she left them home alone
A woman who left two of her children at home alone while she drove their grandmother home while drunk has been banned from the roads.
Charlotte Louise Ainslie, 31, had taken her third child with her in the Vauxhall Astra while she was twice over the legal drink limit, a court heard.
Ainslie, an aspiring nurse, came home to find police knocking on her door after her own children had repeatedly called 999 and hung up.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said when police arrived at the address they could hear a child crying and the voice of another youngster.
Her children were aged two, three and 10, the court was told.
Mrs Yates said: While the police were trying to gain access a car pulled up, driven by the defendant.
Asked if she had been drinking she said shed had a few earlier but wasnt over the limit.
A roadside breath test gave a reading of 82 – against the limit of 35 – and a subsequent test at the police station gave a reading of 75.
Mrs Yates said Ainslie had been given a conditional caution for child neglect, due to the incident on August 29.
Richard Prew, defending, said it had been a monumental mistake and error of judgement on the night by driving her mother home after an evening drinking.
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He added: Her mum recently had a hip operation and she wanted to ensure she got home safely.
Her mum lives just a few hundred yards away and she was only gone a few minutes.
Ainslie from Blackburn, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Blackburn magistrates banned her from driving for 18 months. She was fined £115,ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.